A case of custodial death was registered at the Khadaki police station after a 22-year-old snack centre owner died at a police chowky in the wee hours yesterday, of an alleged epileptic attack.
Ishwar Gauda was found running his snack centre late at night and was taken by the police to the chowky, which falls in the jurisdiction of the Khadaki police station.
According to the police, Gauda, who hails from Karnataka, was living in Shivajinagar and ran the rented snack centre located near Shoppers Stop in Wakadewadi with three friends.
Senior Police Inspector Bhimrao Tele from the Khadaki police station said that a police patrol van from the Mariaai police chowky found the snack centre open at 1.30 am yesterday. The police took three people -- Gauda, Shankar Nayak and Vishnu Nayak -- to the police chowky and detained them. "Gauda, who was sitting on a bench in the police chowky, suddenly collapsed. The police immediately shifted him to Khadaki Cantonment hospital, where he was declared brought dead," said Tele.
Tele added that the cause of death was suspected to be an epileptic fit. "The family of the deceased said Gauda had a history of epilepsy, and that he had had an epileptic attack some months ago," Tele said.
Shankar, Gauda's snack centre partner, said his friend fell unconscious on the floor.
The case was transferred to the CID, as it was a custodial death case. Deputy Superintendent of Police with CID S A Mujawar said that the viscera of the deceased has been preserved. Mujawar said no injury marks were found on the deceased's body.